Presentation on theme: "Senior Parent Night Class of 2014"— Presentation transcript:
1Senior Parent Night Class of 2014 Sherry HartSenior Counselorx 13605
2Communication Bryant H.S. website - http://bryant.mcs.schoolinsites Many announcements will be on the homepage.Also includes a link to the website I will be usingBOOKMARK THIS PAGE! Check back often.Facebook – “AlmaBryant High School Class of 2014”A group has been created to help you and your child stay up to date on all announcements. Please allow yourself to be added to this group. Also, please add
4Graduation Requirements Career PortfolioIs now required to meet graduation requirements (Board Approved 5/29/13).Based on knowledge gained while exploring career opportunities in Career Cruising (www.careercruising.com), the minimum career portfolio requirements include:Typed letter of introductionTyped resume/Career Pursuit InformationEvidence of career explorationThe purpose of the portfolio is to highlight academic, community and personal accomplishments. Opportunities to complete requirements will be given during school hours.
5Career Cruising www.careercruising.com Career Matchmaker (interest inventory)In depth occupations files with multimedia interviewsExplore colleges & universities (including cost)Financial aid info (scholarship search tool)Portfolio Tool – includes professional resume builderUser ID and password required to log on. Directions on the website.Please see the lavender handouts. Many students registered in PrepHQ. If they did they will use the instruction sheet “Connect Upgrade Instructions”. All other students will need the other instruction sheet & student id # which can be obtained by the counselors.
6Senior Year MythsMYTHCollege isn’t in my future. I have too many other responsibilities.FACTCollege includes any postsecondary education, including vocational training, certificate programs, & degree programs.You Can Go! Visit to view the wealth of information available.
7Senior Year Myths MYTH FACT It’s time to take it easy because I’m a senior! I think I will drop math second semester and take an elective….Oh no! Junior year helps prepare for college acceptance, senior year prepares for college level study. Choices made during 12th grade set the tone for college. Don’t pay for remedial college courses (skills that should be obtained for free in high school).
8Senior Year Myths MYTH FACT I got into USA, U of Ala, Auburn (or any other college) so I don’t have to work too hard the rest of the year!College admissions is contingent. Students must maintain the integrity of their grades and course of study throughout 12th grade. Final transcripts are sent in June to confirm. Admissions can be revoked!
9Senior Year Myths Myth FACT I have to go away to college since all of my friends are going away…The away experience is expensive and not for everyone. Investigate other options (BSCC, FSCC )BSCC /FSCC $11,0004 yr public university (not living on campus)4 public university(in state, on campus) - $25,000
10Senior Year Myths MYTH FACT If I go to a community college I’m a loser….credits won’t transfer…Community College may be the best bang for your buck! The first 2 yrs of college are simply piling through requirements. Community Colleges offer these classes that will transfer (not remedial courses) and for a fraction of the cost.
11Post High School Options “Not all children need college, but all children need an education.”Technical or Trade SchoolMilitary Service, Military Academies, ROTCCommunity CollegeCollege & UniversitiesApprenticeships & employment opportunitiesCollege & Career Readiness are now stressed as one in the same.
12Military Military Service Academies Top-notch college education for the price of a military commitment upon graduation-no monetary cost. All academy graduates are commissioned officers of their respective services. Visit the websites for admission information. Students should start early if considering an Academy. Academy Night is sponsored by Rep. Jo Bonner each year. However, this year is questionable.
13Military College ROTC program Most major universities offer ROTC scholarships that fully cover all costs for a college education. The scholarships offer not only tuition & fees but a generous monthly stipend to help with room & board & books. FRESHMAN ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS offer nearly a full ride for the first year of college WITH NO MILITARY COMMITMENT!! Hard to believe, but true. If at the end of your first year, you decide to withdraw from the ROTC program at the college, you can walk away. THE CATCH: Freshman ROTC scholarships are highly competitive. GPA & ACT/SAT are factors. If you decide to continue in the ROTC program for all four years of college, you will owe the service a military commitment. If you don’t mind following orders and are self-disciplined, give an ROTC scholarship thoughtful consideration.
14MilitaryThe entrance test for all military branches is the ASVAB, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. It will be administered at BHS on Dec. 5th & 6th. Mrs. Fields will need to be informed if you wish to take it.BHS Military Recruiters – visit quite often. Contact them if you are interested in joining the military right after high school. See me for name and contact information of specific military branch recruiter.
15College Proprietary Schools/AKA For Profit Schools Remington, Virginia College, UTI, ITT, Fortis…Be aware that most of the courses that are taken at schools such as these are not transferable to a 4 year university.
16College 2 year / Community Colleges Offer certificates, degrees, and transferrable credits at much lower costs.Offer specialized programs that only require a 2yr degreeAPPLY ONLINE. There is no application feeCan apply anytime during senior year. Most applications are online or download the PDF.
174 year Colleges/Universities Student must have taken ACT/SAT for admissionsACT test dates, registration, & scores to send to collegesSAT registration & scores to send to colleges, AP (Advanced Placement) info
18The Internet, Email, and the College Selection Process The Internet, including , is a necessary resource to search for and communicatewith colleges. Students are encouraged to create a professional accountfor sending and receiving college information. Manyrecruiters readily give their addresses and most are quick to respond. Studentsneed to be more careful with their personal information. Colleges are asking forFacebook accounts.Be sure to visit college websites. There is an abundance of information such as,admission requirements, application procedures, deadlines, prerequisites, financial aid /scholarships. In addition, many schools have “virtual” tours of the campus. While this“tour” does not replace an in-person, college visit, it certainly can offer you a glimpse ofthe environment.
19College The Application Process 4 year College/University Decide where to applyConsider your deadlines!Writing your essay if the application includes oneCompleting the application and the transcript release formRequesting recommendations if neededTaking and sending ACT and SATResearching and applying for scholarships
20The Application Process Decide Where to ApplyThe number of schools will vary from person to person. Visit the school. “Fit” is most important. Worry less about the institution’s name and more about the “fit”. Make sure you have the basic requirements for admission and that the college has the program you want to study.Know Your DeadlinesKeep a list of deadlines and a “to do” list. Check it often. If you miss a deadline there is NOTHING you can do about it!
21The Application Process Should I Apply Online?Many colleges encourage or require online submission. Keep a copy of what you submit in a file folder at home with anything you submit to colleges. AFTER you apply, complete a transcript release form. If there is a school report form, you will be asked to send the counselor’s address so the counselor can complete the report.
22The Application Process Should I Apply Online (continued)Teacher Recommendations usually follow the same process. You will put in the teachers’ address and they will be notified that you are requesting a recommendation.You will be prompted to pay with a credit card. Make sure you keep records of your payments.
23The Application Process Requesting RecommendationsChoose carefully: Colleges want academic teachers who have taught you within the past two years. Pick teachers who you feel know you the best.Start early: Ask teachers early. They are very busy with classroom work and are often asked for letters. Allow them plenty of time. Be sure to write a thank you note also!
24The Application Process Taking and Sending ACT and SAT ScoresIt is your responsibility to register for and take the ACT or SAT. You should register online. A photo upload is now REQUIRED or your registration will be canceled.Bryant HS will only send your ACT score along with your transcript if you request this. Some colleges may not accept it from BHS so it is best you send it directly from ACT.
25The Application Process Researching and Applying for ScholarshipsThe bulk of money is merit money awarded by individual colleges (GPA/ACT). Many schools have early deadlines. Some schools have specific applications for scholarships and others will automatically award money based on your application. Begin researching for scholarships early. Check the website frequently.
26Student Responsibilities Fill out college/scholarship/NCAA applicationsBe sure to meet all application deadlines. Check college websites and contact the admissions office to be sure. (Many colleges visit often in the fall. Check Mrs. Hart’s calendar)Bring items to be sent to the guidance office. Don’t assume the counselor knows your child is applying to a school. Complete a “transcript request form” and check any/all colleges applied to.Student Profile Form should be completed thoroughly. This is used to write letters of recommendation (if needed)
27Top 10 College Application Mistakes Misspellings and grammatical errorsApplying online, but the application is not actually submittedForget to sign the applicationNot reading directions carefullyWriting illegiblyNot completing a “transcript request form” so that the official transcript is sentUsing an address that is not appropriate (sexydancer01…) or have inappropriate pics on FACEBOOK/MYSPACE…Not checking regularlyLetting Mom or Dad fill out college applications/write essays
28Student Responsibilities Sign up for & take the ACT/SAT. Fee waivers available for students receiving free/reduced lunchBe sure to have ACT/SAT scores sent to colleges: If requested when registering for test, no additional request is required.NCAA/Students aspiring D1 or D2 athletics: meet with counselor to assure all high school classes align with NCAA standards. Students must go to to file an application to be cleared. A transcript must be sent for NCAA clearing. ACT/SAT scores must also be sent. When registering for ACT/SAT, NCAA code is 9999 for scores to be sent without add’l request.
29Financial AidFinancial aid is any scholarship, grant, work study, or loan that will help pay for college.File FAFSA (free application for student aid) no sooner than Jan. 1; but before March 1.Do not pay an agency to assist with financial aid. Use our guidance office and college financial aid offices for assistance. (fafsa.com is a scam website – never pay to complete the FAFSA). Do not pay for a scholarship search either!A Financial Aid workshop will be held at BHS in January. Exact date & time TBD.
30Financial Aid Types of Financial Aid Federal government aid – need basedAdmissions scholarships – GPA based (beware deadlines)Private foundations – need & GPA basedScholarship & grants – need & GPA basedCall US Dept of Ed FEDAID
31Helpful sites Help with ACT/SAT Visit the BHS website for a link to Testing Help!$79 fee; National ACT prep course offered at BHS Sept 30 & Oct 1; 3:00 – 5:30 (just prior to the Oct administration) Must register online.
32Other Notes… Seniors are allowed 2 college/military visits (excused) for the year. See Mrs. Hart for form. It can also be downloaded at the school/my website.MCPSS College & Career Days – Oct 30 & 31; all seniors will attend at USA Mitchell Center (field trip). Over 200 booths set up, colleges, military, career fields, etc…Most university scholarship deadlines –Dec. 1st. You must apply by this date. (USA, UofA, Auburn, Springhill)